Author(s): Palfreyman S
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Abstract BACKGROUND: There can be difficulties in measuring how quality of life is affected by having a leg ulcer. AIM: To assess the impact of venous ulceration on quality of life and to pilot a draft questionnaire for patients with venous ulcers. METHOD: Questions on the impact of venous ulceration were identified through a literature review, semi-structured interviews and focus groups. A self-completed postal questionnaire containing 16 disease-specific items, EuroQol, SF-6 and life-satisfaction questions was sent to 266 people with a history of venous ulceration. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: A response rate of 61\% (n = 152) was obtained. The most frequent symptoms reported were pain (80\%), exudate (75\%), and depression (65\%). The presence of an ulcer resulted in statistically significant lower quality-of-life and life-satisfaction scores. CONCLUSION: Patients with venous ulcers experience reduced quality of life. Those with a healed ulcer also have a poorer quality of life compared with the general population.
This article was published in Nurs Times
and referenced in Journal of Tissue Science & Engineering